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A new duty on employers to prevent sexual harassment

Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

The Equality Act 2010 is a defining piece of legislation aimed at preventing unlawful discrimination in the UK, encompassing protection against harassment generally, which relates to a relevant protected characteristic. At the end of October, it underwent an update through the Worker Protection (Amendment of Equality Act 2010) Act 2023, officially becoming law across the […]

Ethical veganism is a protected belief

ethical veganism

In a pivotal legal development, the Employment Tribunal (ET) has officially recognised ethical veganism as a protected belief under section 10 of the Equality Act 2010. In the case of Casamitjana v The League Against Cruel Sports, the Employment Tribunal (ET) acknowledged the status of ethical veganism as a protected belief under section 10 of the […]

Employment law updates to be aware of throughout 2023

employment law, employment bill, legislation

Over the last few years, we have seen little development in employment law, however, this could change as several Employment Bills could become law in 2023.  Of course, it does depend on how much parliamentary time is available as well as other socio-political factors, so how quickly the Bills progress through both the House of […]

Neurodiversity in the Workplace

Neurodiversity

Neurodiversity describes how there are a range of differences in how a person’s brain and cognition function, therefore recognising that we are all different in how our brain processes, learns, and behaves. Neurodiversity encompasses both neurotypical and neurodivergent. Neurotypical means the person has typical neurological development or function whereas neurodivergent describes someone who has brain […]

When is an employer liable for disability discrimination?

disability discrimination

Disability discrimination is unlike other types of discrimination (sex, race, religion etc) in that there is a requirement that for an employer to be liable for acts of discrimination, they must have known, or to have reasonably known that the employee was disabled. The circumstances In the case of Preston v E.on Energy Solutions Ltd, […]

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace

Before you can achieve an equal, diverse and inclusive workplace, it is important to gain an understanding of what inequality can look like and ultimately, the negative effect that it can have on your company culture. What is inequality? Inequality continues across society. We know that too many people from a minority background face discrimination […]

Impact of Menopause in the Workplace

The Government has now responded to a report on the impact of menopause in the workplace following an independent report published at the end of last year. One of the questions raised was whether the menopause should be considered as a separate Protected Characteristic for discrimination purposes. It has now responded to these recommendations as […]

Case ruling for Long COVID

disability discrimination

What is the case about? Two years on from the start of the pandemic, we have started to see judgements come through in COVID-19 related employment tribunal cases. The latest one is regarding Long COVID-19 and specifically deals with whether in the circumstances of this particular case, the condition amounted to a disability for the […]

Is Long COVID-19 a disability?

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) have reported that 1.8 million people are affected by Long Covid. Long Covid is defined as ill health relating to Covid-19 symptoms that last four weeks or more. What is Long Covid? The NHS says that symptoms include fatigue, shortness of breath, joint pain, memory, and concentration problems to […]

Register for our Employment Law Seminar 2022

We will be hosting a virtual Employment Law Seminar on 23rd March. Back by popular demand, our Employment Law Seminar will cover recent and forthcoming changes to UK employment law during the session, which will explore the recent changes to the immigration rules and discuss the topic of COVID – 19. We will also provide […]

The importance of welfare meetings: advice and guidance for line managers

Welfare meetings are generally held with employees who have a health condition, illness or injury which is either having a significant or long-term impact on their performance or attendance. They most commonly occur when an employee has been on sickness absence for a prolonged period although they may also be valuable for employees who are […]

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